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For a lot of us, owning a nice car comes with the worries of maintenance. Keeping the fancy wheels in tip top shape can be an arduous task, which is why Viking Cars Inc. (VCI), the exclusive distributor of Volvo cars in the Philippines, is offering a new 5 Year Warranty Program.
 
With Volvo’s best-in-class 5 Year Warranty Program, your brand new Volvo’s needs are sure to be taken cared of regardless of mileage. All repairs will be done in Volvo’s authorized service center to assure no less than the best quality services.  And in case of any mishaps while you’re out and about, don’t worry; the Program comes with 24-hour roadside assistance.
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Words by Ferman Lao | Photos by Christopher Kho
 
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Volvo has always been known for producing some of the world's safest cars. However, they've also been perceived by the general public as somewhat boring. That's why in recent years, the Scandinavian automaker has been trying to break free from the social stigma through its latest breed of vanguard Volvos. The road to revolution began in 2002 with the introduction of the chic XC90, which was followed suit by the hot hatch C30 in 2007. Then late last year, Volvo finally unleashed their fiercest four-door yet - the S60 - breaking the brand out of its stale stereotype. 
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Words by Christopher Kho | Photos and video courtesy of Volvo Car Corporation
 
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The guys at Volvo have been keeping themselves busy yet again, this time developing a system that saves lives on four legs. Based on the Pedestrian Detection's technology, this new pet project detects and automatically brakes when an animal crosses the road, sparing them from being turned into roadkill. Scheduled to be launched into the market in just a few year's time, this fancy feature is a leap closer towards the Scandinavian automaker's vision for 2020 - that nobody should suffer serious injury in a new Volvo. 
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Words by Christopher Kho | Photos and video courtesy of Volvo Car Corporation
 
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With a US$1m grant from the Swedish Energy Agency, Volvo is developing a lightweight, inexpensive, and eco-efficient boost to give a four-cylinder engine the power of a six. Called the Flywheel Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS), Volvo's unique approach to the technology is purely mechanical and doesn't need to convert kinetic into electrical energy that a Formula One or hybrid system does. 
 
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Video courtesy of www.informatiiauto.ro
 
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Volvo's emergency brake assist system recently topped the comparison test done by the ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club e.V.), Europe's largest automobile club. Besting the Audi A7, Mercedes-Benz CLS, BMW 530, VW Passat, and Infiniti M37, the Volvo V60 was the only car to achieve a “very good” rating during an evaluation of each model's emergency brake assist systems performance in different collision situations. 
 
The ADAC tested each system in various traffic scenarios: collision with a vehicle traveling at low speed, collision with a braking vehicle, collision with a vehicle that has come to a stop, and collision with a stationary vehicle. Results show that both Volvo's City Safety and “Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection” systems allowed the V60 to automatically avoid the collision or decelerated it so that the impact velocity was massively reduced. With both systems receiving a “very good” rating, ADAC's testers praised the emphasis on accident avoidance in Volvo's system, which included a warning tone and LED's projected into the windscreen that alerts the driver of the imminent danger. 
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The Volvo Golf Team comes out on top in both Group and Individual categories at the recently-concluded Society of Philippine Motoring Journalists (SPMJ) Invitational Golf Tournament held at the Fontana and Apollon Korea Country Club in Pampanga.
 
The team composed entirely of Volvo clients won First Runner Up in the Team Division, while famed actor and sports enthusiast Derek Ramsay Jr. drives his way to victory for the Individual Category A division. Derek Ramsay Jr. was accompanied by his dad Derek Sr., who also shares the same love for the sport and the Volvo brand. 
 
The Volvo brand has been synonymous with golf, having been supporting the sport for more than 25 years. The Volvo World Golf Challenge runs throughout the world where its support also encompasses the amateur league. Local activities like these are especially supported to promote camaraderie amongst Volvo clients.
 
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At the recently-concluded New York International Auto Show, Volvo Cars of North America (VCNA) proudly received the distinction as the 2011 International Sedan of the Year for the all-new Volvo S60. The scandinavian sports sedan was deemed best-in-class for its most superlative connection with consumer lifestyle by the International Car of the Year (ICOTY) jury.

"To receive the International Sedan of the Year award and be named 'Most Dependable' demonstrate first-hand that the Volvo S60 connects with consumers' lifestyles on both an emotional and rational level," said Doug Speck, president and CEO of VCNA, who accepted the award. "From our advanced technology safety features and masterful Scandinavian design, to its best-in-class fuel economy and award-winning engine, the S60 delivers something for everyone. It is without a doubt a game changer for us."
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Words by Jade Lu | Photos courtesy of Volvo Car Corporation
 
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At the sound of the word universe it’s not uncommon for one to be reminded of the wonders of black holes, super novae, and constellations. Coupled with the words futuristic and vehicle, even I stop and recall the likes of the USS Enterprise or perhaps Anakin Skywalker’s racing pod at the Boonta Eve Classic.

There is no stopping the human mind from conceiving marvelous ideas, and looking back, it seems like we are but a few steps to achieving what we once thought were mere ideas of science fiction. Volvo Car Corporation recently took a step forward to the future with the release of the Concept Universe.
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Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Volvo Car Corporation
 
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After last year's championship victory, Volvo Polestar Racing is keen to hold onto their title as the 2011 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) gets underway on April 23, 2011 in Jyllandsringen, Denmark. Temperatures are running high in the team's headquarters as they're even more determined to win both the team and driver's championship again. 

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The team will be campaigning two newly-developed Volvo C30's for this year's season. STCC rules require teams to run chassis based on the standard production cars, but the only parts that remained original were the C30's body shell and doors. Polestar Racing was also given special access to Volvo's wind tunnel to further improve the car's aerodynamics with the addition of a front air splitter, wider wheel arches, and a rear wing. By stripping the C30 to its bare necessities, they were able to bring its weight down to 1,164 kg.  
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Situated along the ring of fire, the Philippines is a country prone to strong earthquakes. And after the recent 9.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan left its nation crippled with thousands dead and millions homeless, it is important that our country also prepare in case a natural disaster of that scale would ever come our way. Viking Cars Inc., the Philippine distributor of Volvo cars, always keeps safety as their top priority, not only for their passengers but for the community as well. Thus, to raise awareness on earthquakes, they have listed down tips to help us prepare for such natural disasters.
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